DAR Attends 121st Continental Congress in Washington
Sun Lakes’ DAR chapter sent ten delegates to the DAR’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in June. In attendance were Antoinette Bolling Lutter, outgoing Regent, and Carolyn Hawkins, incoming Regent of Gila Butte DAR. Also attending was State Vice Regent Gillian Morse, as well as Julia Forrest, Barbara Grimes, Janice Hood, Judith Mente, Janet Mills, Martha Riecken and Elizabeth Riecken.
Since the founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1890, the organization has held Continental Congress, its annual national meeting, in Washington, D.C. National, state and chapter leaders, as well as other members from around the world, meet at the DAR National Headquarters for a week during the summer to report on the year’s work, to honor outstanding award recipients, to plan future initiatives and to reconnect with friends.
Those in attendance in 2012 included more than 3,000 Daughters from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and over a dozen chapters in foreign countries. The Arizona delegation caucused in Washington as it has for 110 years, and went on to sponsor the popular “Golden West Tea.”
DAR is open to every woman over 18 who can prove direct lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution. “Patriot” includes not only military, but those who gave material aid or supported the cause in other civilian capacities. Gila Butte Chapter offers research assistance where necessary. Women who want to serve their community and their nation in DAR are urged to call 883-3003 for membership information.